A nurse who ran the fastest marathon in uniform has been denied a spot in the record books — because she was wearing modern-day scrubs instead of an old-fashioned nurses dress.
Jessica Anderson finished last week’s London Marathon in 3.08:22, beating the previous record for fastest marathon by a woman in a nurse’s uniform by 32 seconds.
She was stunned when the book of Guinness World Records said her scrubs — her real uniform as a nurse at Royal London Hospital — did not meet their definition, which includes a blue or white dress, an apron and a traditional nurse’s cap.
“I did email them to ask them to reconsider but they said no,” Anderson told Runner’s World.
“I get that it’s supposed to be a fun thing but their definition is just so outdated. Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers.”
Accusing them of “reinforcing old gender stereotypes” with the rule-set, she added, “I’ve certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work.”
Her snub sparked a huge backlash by other nurses who posted photos of themselves in scrubs to social media.
Anderson also defiantly shared a photo of herself in scrubs during her race, writing, “@guinnessworldrecords this is what the fastest female marathon runner in a nurse’s uniform ACTUALLY looks like (3.08.22 )”
Guinness World Records released a statement on Saturday vowing “an immediate review … as a priority.”
“Guinness World Records takes the matters of equality and inclusiveness very seriously,” insisted Samantha Fay, GWR’s senior vice president.
“We are also committed to consistent reviews of all record categories to ensure they reflect the world we live in today.”
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